Post Chinese GP win, Hamilton predicts 'closest' fight with Vettel

Shanghai: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton steered clear of a chaotic start to the Chinese Grand Prix and coasted to victory on Sunday, claiming his fifth title in Shanghai.

In fact, Lewis Hamilton drove an impressive, controlled race to dominate proceedings, sitting at the front from start to finish and leaving Vettel to take second place in the Ferrari, with Max Verstappen doing the nearly impossible and driving from 16th on the grid to third place in the race.

"Get in there, Lewis!"

This was Hamilton's fifth Chinese Grand Prix win and sees him level on points with Vettel in the drivers' championship after two races. "I am really looking forward to more battles with him", Hamilton said, as quoted by Sky Sports after Sunday's race.

"Obviously it's not great to not get past [Ricciardo] but we struggled a bit to really try to pass", he said.

"In fine, very close battles, any advantage you can get, and definitely early on, will hopefully pay dividends at the end".

He said: "I tried to chase Lewis down as much as possible but I had the feeling every time I put a lap in he was able to respond".

Second-place finisher Sebastian Vettel, for his part, had high praise for the performance of his Mercedes competitor.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen walks in the rain. Teammate Sebastian Vettel finished second and may have challenged for the win were it not for a strategy gamble early in the race which was undone by a poorly-timed Safety Car as the track dried out.

Now, when it comes to Ricciardo and Vettel, we're not sure who's China and who's America.

In the speedy SF70H, Ferrari finally appear to have a auto capable of challenging for honours after a decade-long championship drought. We have certain things to improve.

"I'm not very happy about it but it's racing and there's still many races to go". "The race was a lot of fun, very entertaining". Max Verstappen, who started 16th, finished a surprise third to hand his Red Bull team their 100th podium.

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz took seventh with Haas F1 pilot Kevin Magnussen eighth passing both Force India's of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, who came home ninth and tenth in the final phase of the grand prix.

"The car's no different to where it was last race".

'The scenario I am in right now, I am fighting against a four-time world champion, who is at his best and is phenomenally quick, and a Ferrari team which is the best they have been in a decade.

  • Julie Sanders